If there's a question about this album, his sixth, it's why Gilmore covers other artists' material. He's written plenty of great songs himself and has made whole albums of them that have drawn critical hurrahs. Yet Gilmore regards himself more as an interpreter than a troubadour. Even Spinning 'Round the Sun had only four of his own songs, and One Endless Night contains just two tunes he co-wrote (one with Hal Ketchum and the title track with David Hammond). But Gilmore has never taken a conventional approach to his career. He departed the biz in 1972 and joined a Zen Buddhist commune in Colorado. He collaborated with grunge rockers Mudhoney in 1994 and tried his hand as a film actor for a small role in The Big Lebowski two years ago. He left Elektra records to start his own label, Windcharger (a division of Rounder), last year. But like Emmylou Harris, Dwight Yoakam, and Willie Nelson, Gilmore follows his own muse to places where conventional wisdom says he should fear to tread.
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